"As a whole this collection is excellent and I would recommend it to any fan of the genre or short fiction in general. It is refreshing to see an undead-free take on the genre in a market that has been saturated with zombie-related fiction." - Nerdology 101
PRAISE FOR WASTELANDS
“Everything that is best about the trope, from bleak, empty worlds to beacons of hope.” Booklist
“The best anthology of any kind I have read to date.” Grasping for the Wind
“A great collection that gets my highest recommendation.” Bookgasm
"Fantastic collections of end-of-the-world short fiction that fans of the genre will surely enjoy" - VG Blogger
This harrowing reprint anthology of 22 apocalyptic tales reflects the stresses of contemporary international politics […] All depict unsettling societal, physical and psychological adaptations their authors postulate as necessary for survival after the end of the world. […] the volume’s common denominator is hubris: that tragic human proclivity for placing oneself at the center of the universe, and each story uniquely traces the results. Some highlight human hope, even optimism [others] treat identity by exploring mutation. [Several] gauge the height of human striving, while others […] plumb the depths of human prejudice, jealousy and fear [and some] will break your heart.
—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
My favorite anthology of all time—packed with masterworks.
—Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble
Hopeful rather than despairing […] relevant to the uncertain times in which we live [the stories] display a full understanding of the worries and real problems that might eventually threaten civilization as we know it.
—Jeff VanderMeer, Realms of Fantasy
A first-rate anthology that quite convincingly represents the more recent SFnal view of the apocalypse.
I can’t help but give this collection the highest recommendation. I think this will be a cornerstone for most reader’s shelves.
Editor Adams provides a bit of everything that is best about the trope, from bleak, empty worlds to beacons of hope in an otherwise awful situation. […] A well-chosen selection of well-crafted stories, offering something to please nearly every post-apocalyptic palate.
A classic […] perfect for those moments when we want to take a trip to the end of the world.
Few books have had the impact on me that Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse did. […] A great collection that gets my highest recommendation.
Wastelands is an exceptional anthology. In scope and vision it can only be compared to Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions. […] I highly recommend this anthology for anyone who enjoys reading anything. […] Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is the best anthology of any kind I have read to date.
—Grasping for the Wind
Wastelands is a fine anthology: an educational introduction to the subgenre and a well-chosen jog of the memory for the more experienced connoisseur of calamity.
A wide-variety of post-apocalyptic scenarios from some of the field’s most prolific authors […] a must-have volume for fans of the this subgenre of science fiction.
—Stainless Steel Droppings
A great selection of end-of-the-world stories.
About the Author
George R. R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally ever since. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots. In the mid '90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since.
Junot Díaz is a New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Hugh Howey is an American science fiction author known for his first adult novel, Wool.
David Brin is a scientist, speaker, technical consultant, and author who has won the Freedom of Speech Award and multiple Hugo, Nebula, and other awards.
Paolo Bacigalupi is an American science fiction and fantasy writer and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial awards.
Mira Grant is the pseudonym of Seanan McGuire, winner of a 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She is the author of Deadline, Blackout, Feed, and Countdown, all part of the 'Newsflesh' series. She lives in California.